Our AVO lawyers Sydney specialise in providing professional, practical legal services to clients with Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) and domestic violence offences. Our experienced team of lawyers has a proven track record in high-profile cases, ensuring that your rights are diligently protected. We attend all courts throughout NSW and come highly recommended by our clients. If you’re seeking the best legal representation for your case, our team of AVO Lawyers are ready to help you navigate this challenging time.
Our experienced AVO lawyers Sydney regularly work with the Courts at all levels and throughout Sydney and the surrounding areas. We understand the AVO process is frustrating and difficult for all parties involved. That’s why we will work with you to ensure you have a voice throughout the process.
AVOs are a serious legal matter that requires the expertise of a professional. We will provide you with the best course of action based on the type of AVO in place and defend you in Court if necessary. AVOs can have a lasting impact on your life, so it’s essential to ensure that you have somebody who can fight for your best interests.
We will work tirelessly to dismiss the AVO if there is insufficient evidence or if the AVO has been unfairly imposed.
We can help you move forward in your life.
An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) is an order issued by the Court to protect a person or their children from domestic violence. We will treat any domestic and personal crimes with the utmost sincerity and importance.
The most important thing to remember about ADVOs is that they are not suited for every case, and the laws in these cases are highly complicated. If you have been served with one, working with our AVO lawyers Sydney is in your best interest.
At James & Jaramillo, we understand the sensitive nature of domestic violence cases and have the experience to work through the complexities of any case. We will work tirelessly to ensure you get the best and safest outcome.
An Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO) is for unrelated parties with no domestic relationship, like co-workers or neighbours. It can be just as challenging to navigate as a domestic AVO and have significant implications that impact your ability to work and live.
We understand that being served with an APVO can impact your daily life and ability to work in some cases. That’s why our AVO lawyers in Sydney dedicate time to working through the process and arriving at the best possible outcome for you.
Our team has substantial experience working with the Courts and the police relating to AVO law matters, and we understand how important it is to present a thorough case. We will explain your options and prepare you for the Court appearances. Our team will take steps to obtain evidence to help your case get the best outcome.
You have several potential responses to an AVO. Still, it’s best to consult an experienced AVO lawyer to understand your options
Additionally, you can file an AVO against the other party to obtain protection for yourself.
If you breach the AVO, you will be liable for criminal charges. The maximum penalty for breaching an AVO is two years imprisonment or 50 penalty units ($5,000), or both.
You will also be required to appear in Court to answer questions about the breach and any additional charges that may have arisen (such as assault).
Step 1: We will have an initial consultation with you to discuss your case and your options.
Step 2: Our team will evaluate the information and file any necessary orders.
Step 3: We will represent you at the initial Court appearance and submit your response.
Step 4: Our team will work with you for follow-ups or appeals.
We stand by integrity, resilience, empathy, and trust. We believe in delivering transparent legal advice to our clients while fighting relentlessly for their rights. Our team is available to answer your queries and provide the essential guidance you need throughout your legal journey.
In the challenging times that follow an AVO, we commit to being your steadfast ally. Trust in our dedicated service as we navigate this complex legal terrain alongside you, striving for the most favourable outcome. We’re more than just your lawyers—your partners in this process. Count on our unwavering support every step of the way.
We provide prompt, straightforward, and affordable legal defence services to get your case through to completion.
Facing an AVO can be challenging and have serious consequences on your personal and professional life. Don’t navigate this complex legal process alone.
We are AVO lawyers Sydney locals can trust. Our goal is to ensure everyone gets heard in Court regardless of background. Contact our criminal law offices at (02) 8005 3075 or email us at email@example.com for more information about our services.
An Apprehended Violence Order is an Order made by the Court against a person (defendant) that protects the applicant. The AVO sets out restrictions on the other person’s behaviour, so that the applicant can feel safe. If you have children, the order will also protect them. For more information about what to do when an AVO expires for instance, visit our blog dedicated to to that very topic here.
Any person over the age of 16 or a Police Officer can apply for an AVO. It has become common practise for Police Officers to apply on behalf of domestic violence complainants/ victims.
Any person who is or has been a victim of physical assault, stalking, intimidation or harassment and has a reasonable fear to believe that this behaviour will continue should apply for an AVO.
Yes, as a defendant you have a legal right to contest an AVO. The matter will be heard in a contested AVO hearing in the Local Court.
Yes, A defendant can appeal against an order being made. An applicant can appeal against an application for an order being dismissed. A party can appeal against a variation or revocation of an order, or a refusal to vary or revoke an order.
No, you will not have a criminal record. An AVO is not a criminal charge. You can accept an AVO on a “without admissions” basis. This means that you do not admit to any of the facts alleged on the AVO application.
There are mandatory orders and additional orders that can be made under an AVO.
The mandatory orders are orders that are designed to protect the protected person but they do not require you to do anything that you wouldn’t usually be expected to do. The orders are designed to stop you from:
There are 9 additional orders that a protected person or the police may apply for and a magistrate may make. These are:
A person who knowingly contravenes a prohibition or restriction specified in an apprehended violence order made against the person is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years or 50 penalty units, or both.
The Court has power when making a final or interim order to make property recovery orders where the defendant or protected person has left property at the premises occupied by the other party.
The offence of destroy or damage property is not strictly applicable to domestic violence. However, this offence is prevalent in the domestic setting.
Section 195 of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 sets out the elements and maximum penalties of destroying or damaging property offences:
(a) to imprisonment for 5 years, or
(b) if the destruction or damage is caused by means of fire or explosives, to imprisonment for 10 years.
(a) to imprisonment for 6 years, or
(b) if the destruction or damage is caused by means of fire or explosives, to imprisonment for 11 years.
(a) to imprisonment for 7 years, or
(b) if the destruction or damage is caused by means of fire or explosives, to imprisonment for 12 years.